The Town of Blackstone, Virginia

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The sexual abuse lawyers of Blackstone are the sponsors of the following article. Get to know the town of Blackstone and explore some of its historical features.

The Town of Blackstone

Blackstone is a town in Nottoway County, Virginia. Before the Revolutionary War, it was founded as the settlement of "Blacks and Whites," after two tavern keepers. In the 1850s, it was a stop on the Southside Railroad – the current Norfolk Southern Railway. The grid street pattern for the town was laid out in 1874. On May 11, 1875, it was renamed Bellefonte. However, the name was reverted back to Blacks and Whites in 1882. On February 23, 1886, the Town of Blackstone was incorporated after the influential English jurist William Blackstone. Its economy thrived as a center for dark leaf tobacco sales and shipment. Today, Blackstone has a total area of 4.6 square miles.


As of the 2000 census, Blackstone had a population of 3,675 people and a population density of 811.8 people per square mile. It is spread out with:

  • 24.3% Under 18
  • 7.4% From 18 to 24
  • 25.4% From 25 to 44
  • 21.6% From 45 to 64
  • 21.3% 65 and Older

Its racial makeup was:

  • 50.23% White
  • 46.39% African American
  • 2.39% Hispanic or Latino
  • 1.88% Other Races
  • 9.76% Two or More Races
  • 0.71% Asian
  • 0.03% Native American

The average income for a household in Blackstone was $27,566. Males make a median income of $26,419, and females make $17,905. The town's per capita was $15,562. In 2000, 26.5% of the population lived below the poverty line. Notable people who have lived in Blackstone are actress Bea Arthur, Bishop James Cannon Jr., U.S. Army solder Booker T. Spicely, Representative and lawyer James F. Epes, and American football player Robert Jones.

Fort Pickett

Located just to the east of the town of Blackstone is the Virginia Army National Guard installation Fort Pickett. The land was the site of a former Civilian Conservation Corps before it was visited by a group of Army surveyors in late 1941. With easy railroad access to mountain and coastal training sites, the area also offered enough land, water and resources to create a post large enough to train more than one infantry division at the same time.

By December of that year, 45,867 acres of land in the counties of Nottoway, Dinwiddle, Brunswick, and Lunenburg were acquired. In 1942, Fort Pickett was built. Named for the United States Amry offer and Confederate General George Pickett, it is one of the only U.S. Amry installations named for Confederate soldiers that was renamed by the Confederate naming commission. Currently, it is home to the Army National Guard Maneuver Training Center.

Blackstone College for Girls

Blackstone College for Girls was chartered on February 15, 1892, as a private, religious school for young women. Situated in Blackstone, the school was built on the six-acre of land donated by the Blackstone Land Company. Between 1894 and 1950, it operated under the Virginia Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church, South. In 1955, the Virginia United Methodist Church turned it into the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center and utilized it until 2016. The Blackstone College has been acknowledged as a significant site by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and designated as a site on the Civil Rights in Education Heritage Trail.

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